Microsoft quietly shuts down the $99 on-contract Xbox 360 program

By Justin Kahn
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. Almost two years ago Microsoft introduced its subsidized Xbox 360 bundle for $99. Buyers who opted in would then be locked into a 2 year contract for $15 a month, in which they would receive most online Xbox services. At...

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    What a pain in the @$$ it was to get my Gold account de-commissioned. After 3 reminder (no exaggeration) emails from Microsoft in the last week about my subscription, when I turned on my 360 the next day it was FRICKING useless. Everything was grayed out and they logged me out of my own system.
    It kept re-directing me to the page where I re-signup for Gold. After messing around I finally got to a spot where it said, 'Renew Subscription or Revert to Free'.
    What the FK does that mean Microsoft? You mean Silver?
    But no they don't call it that so it confuses you, they just call it free (SAYS NOTHING ABOUT SILVER ANYWHERE).
    After converting my account to free everything came back up. I can still use the games I bought and loaded locally (I own a 250GB Reach Limited Edition 360S) and I can still buy and rent games from Microsoft. Netflix, Hulu and all those require gold to run but who gives a **** I got 1 million devices that run those for free and I don't give a crap about multiplayer gaming or in-game downloads.

    This is just another example of their longstanding business model of forcing the drink down you throat, instead of letting you come to the fountain.
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